Have you ever wondered how to close Windows Live Messenger or Skype but still leave it running so you can only have it in your task bar when you need it? I have, and it was driving me nuts! Yes you can close these apps without exiting out of them completely!
Firstly, if you didn’t already know, here’s where the system tray is located in Windows 7. If you click on the little arrow, it will show the apps you have running. In this tutorial you will learn how to minimize both Skype and Windows Live Messenger.
I don’t use these apps all of the time, but when I do, – I would like for them to be out of the way and only available when I need them. You can still get notifications from the system tray and also minimize active conversations to the taskbar itself.
How to Minimize Skype to the System Tray in Windows 7:
1. Tools> 2.Options> 3. Advanced>Advanced Settings>
4.Uncheck “Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in.
How to Minimize Windows Live Messenger to the System Tray in Windows 7:
4. Click on “Compatibility” Tab5. Check “Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows Vista”6. Click Apply>OK
You can now re-start your messaging apps when you need them, and they won’t take up valuable taskbar real estate unless you need them for a conversation.